Irwin was born on July 12, 1947 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and raised in Milwaukee, WI. Having studied in England and Scotland in the 1970s, he then received his PhD in philosophy from The University of Edinburgh. While living abroad, he hitchhiked across Europe. When he returned home he traveled extensively throughout America with his new Scottish bride, Alison.
Irwin loved teaching philosophy at Davidson College, and sharing his passion for knowledge with his students. He also loved art, travel, and rock and roll. His travels throughout North America and Europe to philosophy conferences throughout his career included trips in recent years to Switzerland and the Rocky Mountains of Canada. Irwin lived with a never-ending wonder and excitement for life and the world.
Irwin took pride in being a devoted and loving father. He is deeply beloved by his two daughters, who said life with him as a father “was a beautiful humanities class every day of our lives. Irwin’s gentle, kind presence and unique spirit will be sorely missed.”
He is survived by Alison Goldstein; his daughters Rachel Goldstein and Sheena Goldstein; a sister, Saundra Feher; and nephew, Vincent Feher.
A service will be held Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at 2pm, at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home Chapel, followed by a burial at Mimosa Cemetery in Davidson. The family will receive friends from 1pm until the time of service.
Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 16901 Old Statesville Road Huntersville, NC is assisting the family. Friends may offer condolences to the family at http://www.raymerfh.com/